What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Saturday | CBC News

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What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Saturday | CBC News
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Though the number of deaths caused by COVID-19 continues to rise in B.C., there are signs of hope that the curve is flattening in B.C.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry will give her daily update at noon PT

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Izzie Cheung is a respiratory therapist who is painting three of her colleagues for a mural in Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC)

THE LATEST:

  • Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry will give her daily briefing at 12 p.m. PT.
  • A total of 1,174 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in B.C.
  • To date, 673 people have recovered from their illness.
  • The number of hospitalizations has dropped to 146 patients.
  • The death toll from the virus stands at 35.

Though the number of deaths caused by COVID-19 continues to rise in B.C., there are signs that the curve is flattening in B.C.

On Friday, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that the number of people hospitalized with the novel coronavirus had actually dropped by three to 146. In the same time period, four COVID-19 patients died, bringing the province’s total to 35 so far.

In total, the province has confirmed 1,174 cases of the disease, including 673 patients who have recovered.

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Important reminders:

Health officials widely agree the most important thing you can do to prevent coronavirus and other illnesses is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face. 

The World Health Organization said more than 80 per cent of COVID-19 infections are estimated to be mild.

What’s happening elsewhere in Canada

As of 8:30 p.m. PT Friday, Canada had 12,549 confirmed and presumptive cases, with 219 deaths. The provinces and territories that list information about recovered cases have reported 2,322 cases as resolved or recovered. There have also been two reported COVID-19 related deaths of Canadians abroad — one in Japan and one in Brazil. 

The numbers, which are updated at least daily by the provinces and territories, are not a complete picture, as they don’t account for people who haven’t been tested, those being investigated as a potential case and people still waiting to learn the results of their test.

For a look at what’s happening across the country, check the CBC interactive case tracker.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Common symptoms include:

  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Tiredness.

But more serious symptoms can develop, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia.

What should I do if I feel sick?

Stay home. Isolate yourself and call your local public health authority. Do not visit an emergency room or urgent care centre to get tested.

What can I do to protect myself?

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Keep them clean.
  • Keep at least two metres away from people who are sick.
  • When outside the home, keep two metres away from other people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Masks won’t fully protect you from infection, but can help prevent you from infecting others.
  • Be aware of evolving travel advisories to different regions.

More detailed information on the outbreak is available on the federal government’s website.

If you have a COVID-19-related story we should pursue that affects British Columbians, please email us at [email protected].

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